A guide to being a tradesperson during COVID-19

Times have never been more confusing. Can I go to the shop? Am I allowed to drive to the park? What is an essential item? For tradespeople, it’s even more of a minefield as a lot of the work you carry out is classed as an essential service so you may potentially be a key worker. Whether you’re involved in the construction of new hospitals, ensuring schools are ready for the return of pupils or making sure care homes are comfortable and safe for residents, you’re one of the groups of people helping to keep the country ticking.

Below, we’ve outlined some things you can do to make sure you, and your customers, remain safe:

So, can I work?
If you’re not exhibiting signs of the COVID-19 infection and you follow all social distancing guidelines, such as keeping 2 metres from anyone else, then yes, you can. You should not work in any properties where people have confirmed cases or are displaying signs of the infection unless it is critical work, such as in a hospital.

What can I do to protect myself?
As well as the obvious, keeping 2 metres apart from anyone else, there are additional measures you can take to safeguard yourself against COVID-19, such as:

  • Washing hands for at least 20 seconds at regular intervals and always doing so before and after you leave a property
  • Wearing additional PPE and ensuring it is used correctly and disposed of properly
  • Not touching your face throughout the day
  • Sneezing into a tissue and disposing of it – your elbow is a second-best choice if you don’t have a tissue to hand
  • Not shaking hands with customers
  • Asking customers to remain in a different room whilst you work
  • Wiping down your van in between jobs

What support do I have?
A lot of floor fitters are self employed and we know that can be difficult in current times so we’ve ensured all of our trade counters remain open so you can get flooring and accessories for any jobs you’re working on. Things are a little different though, just so we can make sure you and our staff remain safe.

We’d love to see you but right now, your safety is our biggest concern so you’ll need to phone up with your order 24 hours in advance. We’ll then prepare it ready for collection, minimising the amount of time you have to spend with us. This ensures that you can continue to get supplies and work during this time.

If you’re a member of a trade body, you’ll also be able to get advice and support from them. The National Institute of Flooring and Carpet Fitters is regularly updating its website with the latest advice for floor fitters so check this out if you are concerned.

You can also get the latest info regarding your vehicle and MOT requirements by checking out the DVLA website, here. As it stands, all MOTs have a six-month extension but it’s worth checking here regularly for any updates.

For any business or financial concerns you have, take a look at this handy tool which offers guidance on how you and your employees can navigate this challenging time.

In the meantime, we’ll be here for you so feel free to send us a message if you do have any concerns or queries.